Election rival demands MP Shahid’s seat declared vacant

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:33, Jul 16,2020 | Updated: 00:33, Jul 17,2020


A defeated candidate of Lakshmipur-2 constituency demanded that the Election Commission should declare the seat vacant claiming that incumbent lawmaker Mohammad Shahid Islam provided false information in his election affidavit.

Abul Faiz Bhuyan, defeated by Shahid in the December 30, 2018, parliamentary polls, filed an application with the EC in this connection on July 14, EC secretary M Alamgir said on Thursday.

In his application, Abul Faiz said that he saw some recent media reports suggesting Shahid, now detained in Kuwait, mentioned in his affidavit that he had completed his bachelor degree even though he did not pass the HSC examinations. 

He urged the commission to announce the parliamentary constituency vacant as Shahid, also known as Papul, cheated the commission as well as voters.

EC secretary M Alamgir said that the commission had nothing to do in this connection.

‘The responsible department will take action against the lawmaker if the charges brought against him are found true. Such a forgery is a matter of police case,’ he said.

‘EC can do nothing in this regard as we have no jurisdiction on it,’ said M Alamgir.

Shahid is now in the central prison of Kuwait after his arrest on charges of residency visa trading and bribing the country’s high officials.

The attorney general of Kuwait sent the Bangladesh MP to prison for 21 days on June 25.

Kuwait’s Criminal Investigation Department on June 6 detained him in Kuwait following some complaints filed by some of his employees in the country.

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